Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D. ’15) presents dissertation on insurance law

Abdullah Al Shehry, (LL.M. ’08) presented his dissertation, the culmination of his research and work as an S.J.D. student, to faculty and fellow students on Friday, Dec. 5. The project, entitled “The Reasonable Expectation Doctrine Knocks on the Saudi Legislative Council Door,” contains a comprehensive examination of Robert E. Keeton’s theories of insurance law.

Al Shehry surveyed how Keeton’s Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations has been applied in several districts throughout the United States. He subsequently considered how such a doctrine may  be employed in a new-founded system of insurance in his home country of Saudi Arabia. Al Shehry argued that though the concept of insurance may be construed by some as against Islamic law, specifically riba and gharar (usury and gambling, respectively), by grounding new laws on the fundamentals of Keeton’s doctrine, insurance can be offered without breaking the codes of Sharia.

Al Shehry says he hopes to use his position as professor of law at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh to present his research to appropriate committee members and legislators. His goal is the possible reform of current insurance law in Saudi Arabia.

The S.J.D. (Scientiae Juridicae Doctor) degree is designed for scholars and teachers of law and is most often obtained by international attorneys who are pursuing academic or high ranking governmental careers in their home countries. The S.J.D. is not a course-oriented degree but rather is directed towards scholarly research and producing a dissertation of publishable quality that contributes in an original manner to the area of law to which it is directed.

The S.J.D. program at Wake Forest University is highly selective. The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the highest post graduate law degree offered by the Wake Forest University School of Law. The School of Law will admit up to three S.J.D. students each year. Each S.J.D. candidate will be assigned a principal faculty advisor with expertise in the student’s research area and two additional faculty members who form the student’s doctoral committee. This faculty committee will evaluate the S.J.D. student’s progress, make recommendations, and conduct an oral examination on the dissertation. In addition to the S.J.D. student’s doctoral committee, other members of the Faculty of Law are generally prepared to offer advice when consulted.

Learn more about the program here.